Mac Mini RAM Question/problem/issue

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kcaruso, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. kcaruso macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2013
    i recently purchased a mac mini about a month ago. 2.5ghz intel core i5 that came with 4GB of DDR3 RAM at 1600 mhz. i've been ripping blurays with make mkv and transcoding with handbrake. i had noticed that my page outs was absurdly high...around 50GB. so i went and purchased a RAM upgrade to 16GB of DDR3 RAM at 1333 mhz. the page outs were instantly down to zero, but now over the past 2 days, its back up to about 5GB and slowly increasing. my page ins are at around 3GB too. swap is at just under 12mb. ive also noticed that my used memory is like 15.9GB sometimes until i use the "purge" command in terminal to temporarily free up the inactive memory. anyone think this is weird or normal or whatever? any input would be greatly appreciated.
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    As I've posted in your duplicate thread:
    The Page Out figure is cumulative. It keeps rising until reboot.

    Inactive Memory is there for a reason, and does not generally need fixing.

    If you have a genuine observable problem with performance, i.e. beachballs, lengthy waits, hanging, etc, THEN start looking at memory usage.
    Otherwise, if everything is working as it should, then don't worry about OS X's memory management.

    A reboot once in a while is as much maintenance as you need.
  3. kcaruso thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 17, 2013
    ahhh ok thank you for your reply. i realize i posted in multiple areas, wasnt sure exactly where to post.

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